Failing grades == academic misconduct: true or false?
January 29, 2013 2:57 PM Subscribe
My friend is applying to university after dropping out of a different school a few years ago. At his previous school he was placed on academic suspension for a semester due to absenteeism and low grades. The Common App he's now filling out asks if he's ever been disciplined for academic misconduct. Does this qualify? Should he answer yes or no? More details below, including the exact wording of the question:
posted by henuani to education (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
"Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational institution you have attended from the 9th grade (or the international equivalent) forward, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in a disciplinary action? These actions could include, but are not limited to: probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution."
He was depressed, sleeping 18 hours a day and not attending classes. Under the terms of his suspension, he says he was required to go to a community college to demonstrate better grades before he would be allowed to go back. I think he did the community college but decided not to go back to school the next semester.
Personally, I'd think academic misconduct meant something like plagiarism or cheating on a test, not failing classes. But he did get one of the disciplinary actions explicitly listed in the question. What's the correct answer?